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Post-Insight Wrap-up, Storage Security, and other thoughts!

It’s been a super busy month for JK-47, having just come back from Netapp Insight, TechFieldDay Extra, giving a #vBrownBag Storage Security Lighting Talk, and now getting dozens of customers ready for end of year DR tests and new purchases. This time of year I tend to meet with 10-15 customers a week making sure everything is going smoothly, and also looking over their storage with healthchecks of the past years’ data.
Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uf5YsUf9AU

In the past week, I spent some time talking to NetApp’s Tech ONTAP Podcast. The topic of interest was Storage Security, which I have a great passion for. Listen here:
https://soundcloud.com/techontap_podcast/episode-61-security-and-storage

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Netapp Innovation Awards 2016 – Shanghai FESCO Cloud: Scaling China’s Startup Businesses Human Resources

All around the world, storage geeks, management, and analysts are gearing up for Netapp Insight 2016. In just a few short weeks, Las Vegas NV (Sept. 26-29, 2016), and Berlin Germany (Nov. 14-17, 2016) will be painted blue in lights, and the sound of shoes adorned with snazzy red SolidFire socks will be on their way to the first session. The halls will be rumbling with thousands of conversations about Data Fabric, Non-disruptive Operations, All Flash FAS, and of course the Cloud.

Insight is also when Netapp announces the winner of their Innovation Award! While the many thousands of customers are all doing amazing projects, the Innovation Award nominees were selected by a panel of Netapp engineers and executives for undertaking endeavors this year which go above and beyond in terms of creativity and use of technology. The key categories for judging were Flexibility, Business Results, and Simplicity. Though each of the 4 companies were vastly different, the trend among them all was Flash!

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My response to an article about 451 Research SAN/Cloud

Honestly, I have a strong dislike for researcher analyst firms. (Gartner / Magic Quadrant especially) Most are so far removed from what they claim to rate and research that they don’t have a clue what they are talking about.

Metrics can be skewed any way you please, to favor income sources as you see fit.

This reply is not against Phil Wainewright or his comments on the 451 study, but the lack of vision and visibility the analyst firm put on Netapp’s positioning of their [poorly named] Data Fabric.

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Seeing all your alerts? Netapp Event Management System and You.

If your mail relay (re: Exchange) requires you whitelist the IP AND SENDER email of your nodes, you may have a big problem.

You may not be getting all the emails your Netapp Cluster Mode system is trying to send to you.

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Netapp: The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

Now, we have all seen the blog posts, the Register article, the StorageMojo article, the anti-NetApp’ers on Twitter. Calling NetApp a one-trick pony or that they have not innovated or they are almost dead.

When you look at NetApp’s Data Fabric vision, the NaySayers couldn’t be more wrong!

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Convert Netapp body.7z to old style ASUP for ConfigAdvisor offline

I made a little script last year to help me with a customer issue, and I had forgotten about it until I ran into the same problem.

The script converts the extracted TXT and XML files from the autosupport mail body.7z into the old format for use with Config Advisor.

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An idea for File Integrity Monitoring a powered off View Gold Template

Today I had an interesting question posed to me by a customer.

“What’s a way we can verify file integrity compliance of our VMware View gold image, at regular intervals, WITHOUT powering it on? Because powering it on would force us to recompose all VMs once it’s powered down again”

In order to verity file integrity of a VM, there will need to be a file integrity check at some point in time. [PCI DSS 11.5] This is not a point in doubt. The question arose regarding regular scheduled checks on file integrity, at a pre-set interval. That’s the key. They need to ensure it weekly or monthly.

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Netapp AltaVault – Speeding up, Cutting costs, and Cloudify your backups

Riverbed Whitewater. Riverbed Steelstore. It’s bigger. It’s updated. It’s been supercharged! It’s the Netapp AltaVault! Learn how this can cloudify your backups, and reduce costs too!

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Netapp 8.3 NCDA NS0-157 Study Guide

Since I am getting requests from people who enjoyed my last NCIE-SAN study guide, I figured I would make a new one for the latest and greatest NCDA NS0-157. WORK IN PROGRESS

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A look at Netapp’s NDMP Cloud Extension Software (NCE)

Hey, you got a small Netapp? Hey, ya wanna do some backups to Amazon S3 or a compatible object storage system (aka Netapp StorageGrid Webscale)? NCE is for you!

The official blurb on it:

NDMP Cloud Extension Software (NCE) is a host-based utility that transfers data between Data ONTAP® storage systems and the Amazon® Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) cloud. You can transfer data to Amazon S3 by using the ndmpcopy command. The ndmpcopy command is executed from a Linux host, which communicates with the storage system to transfer data to Amazon S3. Data transfer is supported at the volume, qtree, directory, or file level.

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